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TELLING – Adult Survivors of Child Sex Abuse Step into the Light



Adult Survivors of Child Sex Abuse Step into the Light

Telling-Poster85x11-Oaasis-OSF Presented by Oregon Abuse Advocates and Survivors in Service (OAASIS), in partnership with Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s National Collaborative Arts Project.


In a society in which one out of four girls and one out of six boys have experienced child sex abuse, it remains a secret rarely shared. In the gripping play TELLING**, the true stories of seven adult survivors are woven together to create a tapestry of pain, secrecy, and ultimately, hope.

Using visual images, original music, movement, dance, and poetry, these brave residents of the Pacific Northwest share their personal stories of prolonged abuse by brothers, fathers, mothers, teachers, priests, babysitters, strangers and “friends” of the family. With courage, some trepidation and even some humor they step onto the stage, into the light, and recount experiences that changed their lives dramatically. Their stories are a roadmap to hope for other survivors.


A counselor will be present at the performance for anyone who may become distraught by the play’s content, which is powerful but not graphic. Adult language will be used on stage. Parental guidance is recommended for children under 13.

A talkback with actors/storytellers; director Jamie Rea; Executive Director of OAASIS, Klarissa Oh; and Founder & Executive Director of The Breathe Network, Molly Boeder Harris will be conducted after the performance, facilitated by journalist playwright Margie Boule.


Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Carpenter Hall
15 S Pioneer St.
Ashland Or 97520

September 29th, 2014
Monday at 7:00pm

$18 Adult | $15 Student/Seniors/Military
Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Box Office opens one hour prior to curtain.
Purchase online HERE.

Written by Margie Boulé
Directed by Jamie M. Rea

Performers: Elise Bradley, Das Chapin, Cristi Dillon, Gabriel Mikalson, Gordon Romei, Carolee Horning, and Digene Farrar.

Design Team: Jamie M. Rea, Gordon Romei

**TELLING was inspired by the Secret Survivor series created by Ping Chong + Company in New York, which has provided funding and support for this production. The play also was made possible by a grant from the Ms. Foundation.**

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